On the 27 th February cadets and staff at 121 Squadron took part in a competition to see who could design and build the best model Hovercraft. This design project was just one of the elements which will form part of the Squadrons inter-flight competition which is being run throughout 2007. In an attempt to protect the environment the rules of the competition required that the designs should use renewable energy or rechargeable battery power for propulsion and lift systems. Basically fossil fuels and anything likely to burn or go bang were out and elastic bands, air pressure and other stored energy devises were in.
In the face of this very demanding task, teams of cadets set off to the build their creations. Not wanting to be left out some members of staff also invented and built their own machines which were shrouded in secrecy until the last moment in fear that someone would, how can we put it, borrow their ideas.
One by one the teams brought their creations up to the starting line to compete in the various categories of competition. Some of them literally failed to hover or move whilst others shot off or crawled off on their way across the mess in an attempt to see which craft would fly the best and go the fastest or furthest. For some strange reason some of the craft appeared to take a dislike to the spectators as they inexplicably change direction and tried chase them down.
121 Squadron Training Officer Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks said, “Project work is one of the core elements of the Air Cadet training syllabus each cadet is required to complete 25 hours of project work between each stage of their training. We are constantly looking for new ways to stimulate interest and our hovercraft project certainly got the grey matter working overtime with some of our cadets and more interestingly some of the staff. I also think adding a little bit of competition between the flights helps to liven things up.